Order of Precedence of Motions 5
Part I. — Rules of Order.
Table of Rules Relating to Motions 6
Parliamentary Law 15
Plan of the Work 20
Art. I. — How Business is Conducted in Deliberative Assemblies.
§ 1, Introduction of Business 25
2. What Precedes Debate 26
3. Obtaining the Floor 27
4. Motions and Resolutions 33
5. Seconding Motions 36
6. Stating the Question . 38
7. Debate 38
8. Secondary Motions 40
9. Putting the Question and Announcing the Vote 40
10. Proper Motions to Use to Accomplish Certain Objects 43
Art. II. — General Classification of Motions.
§ 11. Main or Principal Motions 51
12. Subsidiary Motions 54
13. Incidental Alotions 56
14. Privileged Motions 57
15. Some Main and Unclassified Motions 58
Art. III. — Privileged Motions.
§ 16. Fix the Time to which the Assembly shall Adjourn 59
17. Adjourn 60
18. Take a Recess 64
19. Questions of Privilege 66
20. General and Special Orders and a
Call for the Orders of the Day. . . 68
Art. IV. — Incidental Motions. page
§ 21. Questions of Order and Appeal.... 78
. Suspension of the Rules 83
. Objection to the Consideration of a
. Division of a Question, and Consid-
eration by Paragraph or Seriatim 89
. Division of the Assembly, and Mo-
tions relating to Methods of
Voting, or to Closing or Reopen-
ing the Polls 95
. Motions relating to Methods of
Making, or to Closing or to Re-
opening Nominations 96
. Requests growing out of Business
Pending or that has just been
pending, as, a Parliamentary In-
quiry, a Request for Information,
for Leave to Withdraw a. Motion,
to Read Papers, to be Excused
from a Duty, or for any other
Art. V. — ^Subsidiary Motions.
§ 28. Lay on the Table 104
. The Previous Question Ill
. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate.. 118
. Postpone Definitely, or to a Certain
. Commit or Refer, or Recommit. . . . 125
. Amend 134
. Postpone Indefinitely 152
Art. VI. — Some Main and Unclassified Motions.
§ 35. Take from the Table 154
. Reconsider 156
. Rescind 169
. Renewal of a Motion 171
. Ratify 173
. Dilatory, Absurd, or Frivolous Mo-
tions . . . : 174
. Call of the House 175
Art. VII. — Debate. page
§ 42. Debate 178
. Decorum in Debate 180
. Closing and Preventing Debate.. .. 182
. Principles of Debate and Undebat-
able Motions 184
Art. VIII.— Vote.
§ 46. Voting 188
. Votes that are i'uli and 'oid even
if Unanimous 201
. Motions requiring more than a Ma-
jority Vote 202
Art. IX. — Committees and Boards.
§ 49. Committees Classified 206
. Boards of Managers, etc., and Ex-
ecutive Committees 207
. Ex-Officio Members of Boards and
. Committees. Special and Standing.. 211
. Reception of Reports 220
. Adoption or Acceptance of Reports 223
. Committee of the Whole 229
. As if in Committee of the Whole.. 233
. Informal Consideration 234
Art. X. — The Officers and the Minutes.
§ 58. Chairman or President 236
. Secretary or Clerk 244
. The Minutes 247
. Executive Secretary 250
. Treasurer 251
Art. XL — Miscellaneous.
§ 63. Session 253
. Quorum 257
. Order of Business 261
. Nominations and Elections 263
. Constitutions, By-laws, Rules of
Order, and Standing Rules 264
. Amendments of Constitutions, By-
laws, and Rules of Order 269
Part II. — Organization, Meetings, and Legal
Rights of Assemblies.
Art. XII. — Organization and Meetings.
§ 69. An Occasional or Mass Meeting.
(a) Organization 275
lb) Adoption of Resolutions 277
(c) Committee to draft Resolutions 280
(d) Semi-Permanent Mass Meeting 283
. A Permanent Society.
(a) First Meeting 284
(b) Second Meeting 286
(c) Regular Meeting 291
. Meeting of a Convention.
An Organized Convention 292
A Convention not yet Organized 296
Art. XIII. — Legal Rights of Assemblies and
Trial of Their Members.
§ 72. Right of an Assembly to Punish
its Members 299
. Right of an Assembly to Eject any
one from its Place of Meeting... 299
. Rights of Ecclesiastical Tribunals.. 300
. Trial of Members of Societies 302
Plan for Study of Parliamentary Law.
Lesson Outlines 308
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE OF MOTIONS.
The ordinary motions rank as follows, the lowest in rank being at the bottom and the highest at the top of the list. When any one of them is immediately pending the motions above it in the list are in order, and those below are out of order. Those marked (⅔) require a ⅔ vote for their adoption; the others require only a majority.
||Fix the Time to which to Adjourn (when privileged).
|Adjourn (when privileged).
|Take a Recess (when privileged).
|Raise a Question of Privilege.
|Call for the Orders of the Day.
Lay on the Table.
|Previous Question (2/3).
|Limit or Extend Limits of Debate (2/3).
||Postpone to a Certain Time.
|Commit or Refer.
|A Main Motion.
* Can be amended: the others cannot be amended.
t The first three motions are not always privileged. To Fix the Time to which to Adjourn is privileged only when made while another question is pending, and in an assembly that has made no provision for another meeting on the same or the next day. To Adjourn loses its privileged character and is a main motion if in any way qualified, or if its effect, if adopted, is to dissolve the assembly without any provision for its meeting again. To Take a Recess is privileged only when made while other business is pending.